Although Jimmy Butler still wants to be dealt, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been slow in acquiescing to this request. This seems to be in part because the team President and Head Coach, who are the same person, do not want to trade him and the Wolves not getting a offer they deem satisfactory enough to warrant pulling the trigger. It appears the club is planning to start the 2018-19 campaign with the All-Star guard on their roster, according to Jon Krawczynski of the Athletic.
Butler was at the Timberwolves’ facility yesterday and “reiterated his desire to be traded” to head coach Tom Thibodeau. Though Butler has been allowed to remain away from the team until this gets hashed out, the October 17 start of the season looms ever closer and if no deal is struck prior to then, he is expected to join the team.
The asking price for Butler remains steep and a deal with the Miami Heat fell apart at the eleventh hour. The Houston Rockets are also seeking Butler but a deal has not been able to be worked out at this juncture.